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2004 Poster: St. Paul's Cathedral


Item#: 2004SYR03

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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Poem Inspiration Location

St. Paul's Cathedral

poster information


St. Paul's Cathedral
sun—drenched copper roof singing
Syracuse vespers

It was late summer, and I was driving by downtown, maybe on a street, maybe even on 690. And St. Paul's had just put in a new roof. The copper hadn't turned green at all. It was at sunset, so the roof was a bright orange honey-colored copper, with the sun blasting on it. It caught my eye, and I think I started composing some lines right away. I wrote them down when I got home.

Vespers is evening prayer, usually sung. I don't think they were conducting an evening prayer, but they could have been. In my mind, that's what it evoked. So I think this was my way of trying to marry the image of a beautiful, arresting sight with a kind of prayer. Call it a prayer of awareness or thanksgiving for that moment.

I like my work to have a lot of light and shadow and contrast—play between light and dark values. The idea of the sun-drenched copper roof contrasted by morning shadows caught me, and I've always wanted to do a painting of a church. My grandfather does a lot of work in Cortland for St. Mary's Roman Catholic church, so seeing a poem about a church also made me think of him.

After locating St. Paul's, I took a few hours to walk around the church, taking pictures. I wanted to capture the copper roof, and make the image as appealing, aesthetically, as I found the church to be.

The view I finally created the poster from has some spiritual symbolism. I like the way the church towers above the shadows of the natural environment, and how bright it is at the top, against the blue sky.